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Design Driven Innovation: The VORWERK Thermomix

A revolution in Europe’s kitchens took place when the Thermomix TM5 was launched in September 2014 to replace its predecessor, the TM31, which had already been on the market since 2004. The TM5 represents Vorwerk’s digital transformation. Not only is ...

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Design Driven Innovation: RITTAL

Rittal is one of the world’s leading system providers for control cabinet technology, power distribution systems, system air conditioning, IT infrastructure, software and service in switchgear construction. It is exemplary in the consistent implementa ...

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Design Driven Innovation: CLAAS

CLAAS is a family business founded in 1913. The company, with corporate headquarters in Harsewinkel, Westphalia, is the European market leader in combined harvesters. CLAAS is also a top performer in world-wide agricultural engineering with tractors, ...

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Did they really patent this use case? Signify, the meaning of light

The usual business model in the lighting industry was to sell LED lights and other luminaries in retail shops. This has changed with the development of new business models, where products are leased but bought. The new type of business models has alre ...

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Managing outsourcing. A look into the inner workings of Philips

New Institutional Economics is an economic school of thought which evolved in the 1970s and is an extension of neoclassical economics, which also incorporates institutions. Institutions mean in this context social and legal norms governing the economi ...

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What is the real value of a movable cross-country ski binding-patent?

First stop in an expensive patent dispute July 1st. 2022, the Oslo District Court ruled in favor of Norwegian bindings and ski-companies Rottefella and Madshus in their patent case against Amer Sports (Salomon and Atomic). This very Norwegian case, co ...

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Generic IP Strategy used by ARRI: Value-added Monopoly

A differentiation strategy calls for the development of a product or service that offers unique attributes customers perceive to be better than or different from the products of the competition. The value added by the uniqueness of the product may all ...

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Walking the tight rope: Paparazzi Photographs, Personality Rights and Fair Use – A closer look at the jurisdictions of India and USA

Like most creative works, it is an established principle that copyright protection is extended to photographs. The water becomes murkier when the photographs in question are of public figures because, in addition to copyright over the artistry of phot ...

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Organizational Implementation of a Patent Strategy – Example Vorwerk Thermomix

The starting point of a company’s organization is the appropriate division of labor. The challenge is to quantitatively distribute the workload and qualitatively distribute the various requirements for the work to be performed. The division of labor c ...

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MIPLM 2022 – 5th Module: Digital transformation, leadership and human resource management

The 5th module of the MIPLM program deals with human resource management (HRM), leadership and management control systems. The digital transformation is the next evolution level of industry. Companies demand a digitally adapted new kind of leadership ...

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